Top Ten Mental Illnesses People Should Stop Throwing Around

Used to comment about how people joke and ultimately diminish the pain on part of the sufferers and the illnesses that so affect their life. No, I have none of these... To my knowledge. But its been getting on my nerves. If you wouldn't joke about cancer, or polio, don't joke about a mental illness either.

The Top Ten

1 Depression

Depression is incredibly serious. Not all people with Depression wanna die. It's not just sadness. It's guilt, fear, anger, feeling bad about yourself, it's terrible. Please don't fake it because it's incredibly serious, and don't assume someone doesn't have it, because you don't know. Don't judge guys.

People can't simply tell the difference between sadness and actually having the mental illness. But having suicidal thoughts flooding over my head constantly is a different case and it's starting to get clear that this is not a phase at all. One's mental frailness is not meant to be a joke at all. - Kevinsidis

I hate it when people fake being depressed just for attention. Kids at my school do this all the time and I hate it

Though I don't agree we should use it as teasing or such, I do think it's fine to joke about as long as we are respectful and aren't disrespecting the people who have it. Anyways, people who have this deserve a speedy and nice recovery and shouldn't ever feel like they aren't allowed to be depressed. Everyone has feelings, everyone can be sad. But not everyone has depression when their sad.

2 Mental Retardation

ADULTS use this word. My aunt wants to be a therapist and uses this word for everything. She's going to offend many people and will fail her job as a therapist if she can't learn the truth soon. People at my old charter school were taught many times about retardation and still use it. Horrible, HORRIBLE thing to throw around! SERIOUSLY!

My parents always think I have this. I keep crying and think that they hate me more. It is unfair that my younger brother was said to have none but SERIOUSLY! THEY ALWAYS SAY I HAVE THIS FOR LITTLE MISTAKES! This is why I keep having fear of mistakes... BECAUSE OF THEM! I have my friends to comfort me around

It's thrown around far too much, in schools especially. Kids need to understand that it's not a joking matter and shouldn't be used as an insult. It's like people who use the word "gay" to mean lame or stupid. It's not okay to use the word "retarded" as an insult; for God's sake, it used to be a simple medical term!

A lot of the kids at my school call each other retarded. I have a feeling most of them don't even know what it means. I don't usually say stuff like this, but it's one of the saddest and worst things about this generation ( back then it was a medical term! ). - MusicalPony





"i'm ocd I hate camping with all this dirty dirt the room is messy I have it I have it I have it! "

So you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Yes, it does sound worse when you use the whole phrase. Did you go to a doctor? A therapist? No? I suggest you do it before it takes over you and posseses you and destroys you. You don't need therapy? You don't suffer? You don't panic or have anxiety or cry about this? Oh.

False alarm. You don't have it. Nope, I'm not making a big deal out of it, I'm sharing reality with you. How would I know? I've suffered from OCD my whole life and it has ruined my freedom and family relationships and made all my friends hate me and I can never go to bed without mimicking every single noise I hear through the day or before taking a long shower or washing any laundry that touches anything but the inside of ...more

My brother does this calling me Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory. I want to punch him in the face after he does this to me. I do it in the air once I get away from him when he does this to me. It is that bad. I have bad OCD. I always have to stick to a certain schedule or else I freak out and expect the worst case scenario to happen (I also have Anxiety), I always obsess on whether I closed all of the tabs on my computer before going to bed, those "OCD TRIGGER" picture drive me crazy, I can't have my webcam not centered on my face, I wash my hands whenever I get sticky stuff on them, after using the bathroom, before eating and even when they smell bad. After a shower, I don't wash my hands so that I can keep the smell of that soap on my hands rather than tainting it with another smell. Same with doing anything at all that would taint it. I also have to have plans before doing anything or else I would freak out. Sorry, my ADHD made me say all of this. I like to talk. Ok bye - Gynidz

Yes, I did used to say I had OCD, and I do happen to have some of the signs, but there's a difference between me and the person who has to shower 10 times a day or wash their hands until their fingers bleed.

Unless a doctor says you do, you probably don't have it, so stop throwing it around, please. - keycha1n

I am 13, probably have schizophrenia (or another type of psychosis) and probably bipolar disorder. I don't have OCD but I don't understand why people get all concerned when the hear about my illnesses, but don't when others talk about their OCD. They have mental disorders just as much as I do.

4 Autism

Not everyone who has this is stupid! Many simply just have brains that work different. It's sad and no one deserves to feel like their stupid due to something they were born with.

I have this, and I had kids in school bully me and pick on me in some schools, one school was really bad, it was never fun to deal with students picking on me and upsetting me, at least I wasn't picked on too often, and most people who did, did eventually stop picking on me, I was lucky that people didn't bully me everyday for a hole year or something and really made me scared to go back to school

I have autism and it's very hard to live with, even in it's mildest forms. Sensory hypersensitivities and communication issues end up producing meltdowns when you least expect it. Many people don't understand it, yet once I'm overwhelmed, I lose control of my impulses. It takes a few days afterward to calm myself down again.

I see - and hear - this a lot. I'm afraid of telling them that I have a form of it, despite the fact that my portrait is visible near the commons to show who got the highest score in a standardized test in my grade (and, after asking the top scorers in the other grades in my school, the entire student body.) - Cyri

5 Psychopathic/Sociopathic Disorders

I'm a diagnosed psychopath and I don't have violent thoughts or urges. I just can't feel empathy like normal people but that doesn't mean I am going to kill them.

Personally, I feel this is fine for people joke about as long as they don't use it as a teasing mechanism, insult, or say they have it unless they have been diagnosed.

My friends keep calling themselves psychopaths... if they say they're a psycho/sociopath, they 100% aren't one

This condition is downright terrifying, chances are, you aren't a psychopath, and the people you're calling psychopaths, are probably not psychopaths. And Sherlock is probably not a sociopath either. Yep. - keycha1n

6 Bipolar/Manic Depressive Disorder

My teachers say my state is bipolar because the weather changes.

And apparently my friend is bipolar when she has her periods...

Well. I don't know anymore. They don't know anymore. Changes of emotions or changes of weather does not make anything bipolar. Or anyone.

This girl in my school tells all her friends they're bipolar, even if they don't show signs at all. Like, please stop..

Apologizing in advance if I show a complete ignorance to any of these mental illnesses! But I believe these are the same? - keycha1n

They are the same. The name was originally manic depressive disorder but was changed to bipolar disorder because it was often being confused with depression. - ohwowlovely

Some guy on here said Daniel Tiger is bipolar. - venomouskillingmachine

7 Schizophrenia

Horrid thing to have and has a horrid stereotype on it. I hope anyone who has it never feels like a horrible person or weird.

Hi my name was Giselle and I want to share with you guys how I became "schizophrenic"
Just two years ago I was a normal person who had never suffered from any mental illness I was a out going person very popular smart and friendly but after abruptly ending a 12 year relationship my ex started making my life a living hell. This man use to come to my building and start insulting me degrading me and threatened me and every time I called the police he would not say a word this went on for hours every day and every time the police showed up he was no where to be found. So the next time I called 911 they showed up with paramedics and admitted me to a psychiatric hospital where I was diagnosed with schizophrenia after being released of the hospital my ex partner kept harassing me which led me to more hospitalizations the last time I was in the hospital was for almost 6 months this was after I stabbed my ex three times in the neck wrapped him up in some Curtains and try to make him admit ...more

I have schizophrenia, and have since the age of four. I remember when I was a little girl, screaming and crying for my parents because I was seeing scary images in my room and hearing voices saying they were going to kill me. I remember at age 9, after I moved away from my best friend, she was standing in the corner of my room, smiling at me. I hear voices in languages I don't understand. At school, I hear my mother calling my name. I turn around and she's running up to me, wanting to give me a hug. I blink and she's gone.
Can someone please tell me about treatment for schizophrenia, because this is getting out of control, and it has been for the last eight years. - RockFashionista

I believe there's some kind of antipsychotic drug you can use to reduce the symptoms. I would ask your doctor for a treatment, he/she may be able to help you. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

I haven't heard it thrown around necessarily negatively, but people use it as an adjective in ways that I just don't understand. I've heard, "My music taste is schizophrenic" and "This band's lyrics are schizophrenic" and even (to describe one band's genre in particular) the phrase "schizophrenic pop" which I do not appreciate at all (glorification of a terrible mental illness).

8 Anorexia/Eating Disorders

This is 100% nothing to joke about. I have never joked about it and most likely never will.

I'm not anorexic because I'm skinny. Someone is anorexic if they are purposefully starving themselves in order to lose weight, achieve a body goal, or simply to gain a sense of control in their lives. Not okay to toss around to anyone who is skinny! - keycha1n

I used to have binge eating, possibly because of my anxiety and depression reaching near enough breaking point and I found food comforting. I hate it when the internet jokes about any eating disorder. It isn't nice. - LemonComputer

I'm sick of Anorexia being tossed left right and centre, it is serious! You can get sick, or die from this! - ToptenPizza


I am not diagnosed but I do feel like I may have it. Still waiting to get the bravery to bring it up and go to a doctor. Very horrible thing to live with, especially for people in school. Ironically, I'm in school as I'm writing this.

As a child with ADHD, I believe I can speak on behalf of all of my brothers and sisters who suffer from this disease, which will forever be in the shadow of more serious but less common mental illnesses.

All my life ( to this point) I have been told to sit still and pay attention, that I don't have to talk, that I should go to bed at a specific time. I have to try so hard to do the things listed above that it wears me out to the point I don't want to continue to wake up in the mornings and drag myself to school, I want a day or two extra to rest, a day or two extra that I am aloud to stay out of my seat and don't have to glue my eyes to the board and teacher, a day that I can stay up until I feel like going to sleep. It starts to make you go insane, staring at the ceiling in the dark, no noise, and I stay in my bed laying for hours on end, tossing and turning, reviewing my day and seeing If I had made anyone upset or said a joke that was taken the wrong way, if I did, I would ...more

I just realized I have this, and if it really weren't for homework, I would be getting bad grades. I have all the symptoms to this. I can sometimes be really hyperactive for some random thought I have in my head. I often have a hard time concentrating in class, I often distract myself with objects or just daydream too much. I have a hard time following instructions that I have to ask people. I often forget important things, like my homework(I end up doing it in class). I am a huge procrastinator and usually start projects I don't finish. And I often can talk and interrupt others sometimes.

I have ADHD. It can be troublesome sometimes, and controlling hyperactivity is next to impossible. The good thing is, three other kids in my class have ADHD, so I'm not the only one who can't pay attention or won't calm down. - RockFashionista

10 Borderline Personality Disorder

I was recently diagnosis with this, along with having bipolar disorder and anxiety. When describing this to my friends and family they think I'm crazy, although they were fine with me saying bipolar. I've been asked if I hear voices or have different personalities. By ex boyfriends I was known as the crazy ex but that's because part of my bpd is fear of rejection. Although I'm tired all the time, I'm pretty good at hiding it. I do wish they would change the name of this disease.

I don't know why, but this has become very popular lately. It's a truely awful disease and gets a nasty reputation as "crazy ex girlfriend syndrom". Men can have it too! People make so many assumptions as if bpd makes a person an evil liar who manipulates. Even psychiatrists avoid bpd patients. We can't get better if you stigmatize us!

Bpd in its self is living hell its horibel.though people with bpd are not dangers selfish att seeking manipulaters.but stigma and bias shame us all

Dear people hi I'm coming to you as a person with with ppd.first of all if you think still think I'm manpulativ after geting to know me good for more thean a month then yes it still hurts but at least you have an exscuse to say it.pleas don't asume I'm manpulativ just as soon as you hear I have bpd. To my non bpd humans if you think me and my acttions are anoying and you think its exsusting just knowing me.try to think what its like to be me.

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11 Anxiety Disorders/Phobic

People who fake this are annoying and should do the research. This should never be romanticized or be considered cute. Yes, if you believe you may have it but say your not diagnosed then I understand. But not those who fake it and sy their diagnosed when they haven't obviously.

Sometimes people think that they might have social anxiety because they are very shy. This is somewhat understandable. However, you should research before claiming to be socially anxious. It's terrifying and makes school and just life in general near enough impossible to like. I am a nerd. I like lessons and learning stuff. But my anxiety.. UGH!

I always hope nobody notices me, yet at the same time, hope for someone to notice my suffering and comfort me in some way. I want to talk. I want to share my opinions. Yet it's impossible for me to. I can't just go up to someone and talk. I can't make real friends. I can barely even talk to the friends I have. They barely feel like my friends anymore. They're just blended in with everyone else. I barely show any emotion. I am scared that I seem cold and scared that I seem like I show too much emotion. So I mostly show nothing at all. I must look like a damn robot. When I eat at lunch time, I fear that I am eating too much. I just get ...more - LemonComputer

I hate this. Only a few people I know have this. My mom, brother, not my dad because I am too scared to tell him because of his reaction, my second and third best friends know this (I also have OCD, that's why I have an order), and one girl who I trust. We are not dating. My brother always tells me to do certain things and he knows I have this and he calls me a wimp if I don't do the thing that he wants me to do. For example, go into the basement of my house at night, (that place scares me. When the light is off, I wait at least 5 minutes before going down there after I turn the lights on.) and he called me a wimp because I didn't get something that he wanted. - Gynidz

I'm in elementary and I always hear this being thrown around. "Yeah, I have anxiety, I always freak out when I have a test" no, that's just you being nervous. As a person I have anxiety attacks and kids just laugh along and say "yeah, I get them all the time" no you don't.

12 Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety is pretty serious guys. I've had panic attacks before and trust me, it's not cute. It's serious. It feels like you can't breathe and like everything is happening all at once. It's hard to explain but trust me, we. Are. Not. Cute.

I hate people who fake this. I actually have this and I can tell a lot of teens do not have the symptoms of this disorder. Social Anxiety is NOT a trend - KingSlayer93316

I had my brain scanned from an fmri and it was positive for social anxiety. I hate that it’s romanticized.

I'm so sick of every 21st century born teenage girl diagnosing themselves with this condition after a 60 second Google search and just because it's the trendy health problem to have at the moment.

13 Down Syndrome

Many believe this is the same as autism but it's not. I hope anyone who has this lives life to the fullest and never feels invalid.

I remember when I was in fourth grade and there was this little boy in one of the preschool classes who had down syndrome and he was the cutest kid ever. - The_Random_Content_Guy

I know a least 5 people with Down syndrome and one of them is my crush.

My mom works with people who have down syndrome. - Catlover2004

14 Asperger's Syndrome

This isn't a bad thing, you know. I have it and it generally doesn't interfere with my daily life too much (apart from anxiety when going to different places around the school, and I also lack affective empathy). Likewise, it isn't a good thing to have. I don't have anything to make up for my Aspergers, it's not like I'm a savant or a super-genius or anything. But some people will never learn. - Winterush

Remember that nickname others give this syndrome? Yeah. This isn't very severe, but when combined with other problems (especially #2! ), this can be a serious problem.

They are cool people. (But I cringe at the nickname for them which involves donkeys and a type of pastry..) - Lunala


15 Dyslexia

I have dyslexia, it’s annoying, I can’t think like others. I haven’t told anyone although I was diagnosed years ago. I have heard about other kids in my school who have got bullied because of having dyslexia. Before I was diagnosed my parent and teachers just thought I was slacking off, but at least now they know I just can’t do the work

16 Misophonia

I have had Misophonia for almost all of my life. I used to yell at my sister for eating or doing any thing that annoyed me. I also used to think that it bothered everyone so I would try to do things really quietly. If I tell this to any one they say that it is not real or that I can deal with it. Some other people when I tell them say oh yeah it annoys me when people do that too. Most of the time they are lying. one time I went to great wolf loge with her family and there people were snoring. It was crazy I was going insane. I went out side on the little balcony that we had and lucky me the air conditioning that was right next to the balcony turned on. that drove me crazy. I couldn't find so where quiet to be and I started to have a panic attack. Curling up in a ball and rocking my self back and forth. if you tink that you have this think twice less than 200,000 people in the world have it.

I don't think I have it but all I wanna do is beat up whoever’s making that screeching noise.

17 Tourette's Syndrome

This is nothing to joke around about. People get embarrassed, yelled at, etc for something they can't control.

If anyone who made fun of it would experience it for 1 day, they would stop being rude

I've suffered from this horrific condition since age twelve. I'm bullied, mocked, and have little friends because of it. Not to mention the physical and emotional pain. Tourette's is NOT funny.

*cough cough* South Park *cough cough* I have had this since birth, but I only have motor tics that aren't really that bad. I am 14 now. - Gynidz

18 Hypochondria

I have this and it’s ruining my life! I always think I have some some deadly disease that will kill me in a few months. When I had a headache I thought I had brain cancer and when my legs started to twitch I thought I had als.

People are told to stop being hypochondriacs if they get a little bit worried about their health once or twice. That is not hypochondria. Hypochondria, or to use its medical term hypochondriasis, is a debilitating mental condition. I have suffered from it for I don't know how long now. For me it ranges from mild to severe. Imagine being frozen to the floor crying because you're sure you're going to die soon, and you're pretty much imagining a bad swing of hypochondria.

I have this in a very severe form. I become so worried that even the slightest pain makes me think I have cancer or something.
I wouldn't even wish this on my worst enemy! - wrests

19 Schizoid Personality Disorder

Actually there are some benefits of having a schizoid personality, like a good control over your emotions - styLIShT

20 Dyspraxia
21 Intermittent Explosive Disorder
22 Spastic Disorder
23 Emotional Behavioral Disorder

Wait what

24 Boanthropy

I like eating grass moo

25 Dissociative Identity Disorder

I'm surprised I was the first to add it. This is a rare disorder, but horrid nonetheless. For the people who think it's all cute and pretend- stop. It's not. It's something people can't control and have to be ready for it. No medication can 100% stop the personality transitions. So don't fake it.

26 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
27 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
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